I'm getting a little worried about one of my neighbors. I was under the impression that Native Americans had been herded into reservations out in the plain states or systematically 'cleansed' by heroes such as George Custer. However, here I sit looking at the ethereal glow coming from 2 miles down the Hudson River the Bejesus is scared out of me. The testing of the 'accident' sirens has my adrenal gland pumping just as I'm sure the beating of drums raised the hair of early pioneers in the west.
So, being a 'pro-active' kind of demi-god, I did what all of you mortals would do, I sent a letter to my Congressional Representative. Sue Kelly is George Bush's man in my neck of the woods, yup she is a Republican.
Anyway I got this back:
"Rep. Sue Kelly"
April 12, 2006
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about Indian
My top focus on Indian Point will always be the safety of our
communities. I'm working hard to press the federal government
to do everything it possibly can to protect public safety.
Following a tour of the plant earlier this year, I called for the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to conduct a thorough
Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) at Indian Point. While I saw
some promising examples of progress at the plant, I believe a
detailed safety appraisal will better assure us that potential
problems at the aging plant are identified and corrected before they
present a risk to the public. I was joined in my call for an ISA in
February by other members of the area's Congressional delegation,
and we will continue to urge the NRC to provide us with the safety
assurances that we deserve. I'm also pressing the NRC and the
EPA for answers about how the spent fuel pool leak will be
stopped and how its contaminants will be cleaned up.
We also have to keep working to improve the emergency plans for
Indian Point. On March 22nd, I brought the Department of
Homeland Security and the NRC to the Town of Cortlandt to meet
with state and local officials so that federal officials would better
understand our deep concerns with the current emergency plans.
As you probably know, FEMA has continued to certify the
emergency plans despite the problems identified by the Witt
Report and despite opposition from New York state and the
executives from Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties. The
meeting was an important step in trying to resolve our long-
standing local concerns, but we still have a long ways to go. We
received commitments from participants to conduct another
summit later this year.
Please know that I remain focused on doing everything I possibly
can to make sure that Indian Point is run as safe as possible and
ensure that the surrounding communities have the resources they
need for emergency preparedness.
Once again thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to
contact me whenever I can be of assistance.
Member of Congress